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>> bret: i have no clue what he was saying. that's it for "special report," fair, balanced, unafraid. >> jon: tonight, on "the fox report." mahmoud ahmadinejad stood before world leaders yesterday and implied 9/11 may have been an inside job. now, fox news has a few questions for the iranian president. >> quite frankly, sir, how could you say such an insane and nutty thing? >> jon: and on the nuclear showdown -- >> would you swear to allah that you are not planning to build a nuclear bomb? >> jon: plus, new reaction from president obama. rivers on the rise. >> it all shot up in about an hour. maybe got a foot to go and then it's not good. >> so many people have already lost everything. >> i just want to cry. i'm just sick. >> and now it looks like these
floods could soon get even worse. plus, lindsay lohan back in court for the first time since failing a drug test. the judge definitely didn't go easy on her. and, caught on video. [screams] >> jon: disaster at the air show. i'm jon scott in for shepard smith. and the iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad now repeating his controversial comment about 9/11 possibly being an inside job. he made the remarks during a speech at the united nations yesterday. president obama responded in a television interview calling ahmadinejad's comments offensive and hateful. but that didn't stop ahmadinejad from repeating himself at a news conference this morning. >> almost in all the polls over 80% of the american people consider the 9/11 tragedy a
suspicious one. >> jon: we have no idea what polls he is referring to there we wanted to grill him about this ourselves. you will remember yesterday we told you shepard was scheduled to interview president ahmadinejad. after the interview was confirmed the iranians called it off citing some sort of, quote, bilateral problems and chaos at their hotel. this morning they changed their minds again, but shepard was no longer available, having since left on a trip that he had initially cancelled for the interview and then rebooked. so our senior correspondent eric shawn stepped in to sit down with ahmadinejad. and he joins us now. eric? >> well, jon, he accused me of trying to order him about what to say. he claimed i was representing the united states government and the united nations security council and that i am backed by the defense department. i assured him i'm an objective reporter asking questions and some he clearly did not like. well, he did wish the american people, quote, the good people of america a happy time. he defended those controversial remarks about 9/11 that have
angered so many. >> you wished americans well, but you have insulted millions and millions of americans by claiming that the u.s. government had a hand in 9/11. quite frankly, sir, how could you say such an insane and nutty thing? >> would you address your own president the same way? would they ever allow you to? >> in terms of that remark, sir, in terms of those remarks. >> you probably didn't read the full remark. >> yesterday. what evidence do you have that the u.s. government is responsible for 9/11? well, you are smiling. do you believe the government had a hand in 9/11? >> i did not say -- give an opinion of my own. i actually suggested that a fact-finding group and mission be formed to delve into the truth. do you think that the entire
world has to accept what the u.s. government tells them? >> osama bin laden has taken credit. al qaeda officials have taken credit. it seems very clear. >> that's fine, but the fact finding mission can shed light on who the perpetrators were. >> would you swear to allah that you are not planning to build a nuclear bomb? >> do i have to swear? >> well, you have to say your view. >> you are telling me that i have to? you have to determine what i have to say? >> well, do you? >> who says have to? what kind of language is there a law that says i have to? >> do you want to pursue a nuclear bomb? >> i have said on numerous occasions that we do not want an atomic bomb. >> why should we believe you? you are violating four u.n. resolutions. you have kicked out u.n.
inspectors. why should the world believe anything that you say on this subject? >> we do not insist that you should believe us. we have never said that you should. you are free not to believe us, but why would you insist on imposing your view on us with resolutions? with force? >> would you meet with benjamin netanyahu? >> why should i meet with him? are you ordering me to? not. it seems like you are ordering me to. >> what would you say to him? >> why should i meet with him? no, i will not meet with him. >> why not? >> of course, my message is that they should return to their own home. they should stop killing people and stop waging war. and not engage in terror and not build atomic bombs.
>> jon: round and round and round he went. i know you also asked him about terrorists that target americans. right? what did he say. >> i talked with terrorism with him and exactly his view on that and will iran stop supporting terrorism and he denied that iran supports terrorism. he says that iranians are the victims of terrorists. on that fact, he sent a second letter to president obama. he told me that he is waiting for a response that terrorists are infiltrating iran. he says from afghanistan and pakistan but has not yet received a reply from the president. he called the occupation of afghanistan and iraq he says has not stopped terrorism, jon, but has only increased terrorism around the world. >> jon: i know that they have thousands of human rights activists locked up, basically rotting away in iranian prisons. did you ask him about that. >> i asked him would they stop killing protesters who protest for democracy in iran? he said basically their view of it is if you are clashing with police and attacking police, you are not protesting for democracy. he says that he is a democratically elected
president. that he has gotten more than two and a half more votes than american presidents have. of course, did he not address any allegations or mention allegations that that election has been so tainted. >> jon: and he thinks you are part of the u.s. government? >> not only that the u.n. security council. so i got both and the defense department. i think it was a pretty feisty and spirited interview. he may not have been accustomed to that. in a news conference after that interview he said i talked to a american reporter yesterday he is connected to a government institution that, of course, is not true. i said i'm an objective reporter. he ended that conference by saying i want to ask american politicians to stop using the media as a tool. >> jon: wow. interesting day. eric, thank you. >> thank you, jon. >> jon: fox news has learned the iranian president also met with the american hiker recently released from a prison in tehran. the meeting was reportedly brief and pleasant. that hiker sarah shourd says ahmadinejad was very gracious. she says he was happy to meet her mother and asked her mother
questions about the family. they talked about her fiance still in prison in iran. and sarah shourd called ahmadinejad, quote, very positive and said it was, quote, a very human encounter, at the the -- very personal. sarah shourd said she wanted to meet with mahmoud ahmadinejad to encourage the release of her fiance and their friend still in prison. iran accuses them of spying. >> we were just innocent victims of an unfortunate situation and my fiance and friend are still suffering. >> she says the three were vacationing in a tourist spot in northern iraq when iranian soldiers arrested them near the border. >> we asked where a good trail was, and we followed the trail the next morning for about three hours. and it was just, you know, well-made trail with absolutely -- we didn't see another human being hiking or any human beings around. or any indication that we were
near the border. you know, there was no flag or fence or any indication, no signs when we stumbled on to some soldiers. >> were they just there along the trail? were they just sitting there? was there some sort of outpost or something? >> nothing, no. we didn't see anything. we just saw soldiers in the distance. >> shourd spent 410 days in solitary confinement. iran released her recently on $500,000 bail after reports that she may be ill. a fox weather alert now. we are keeping an eye on severe flooding in the plain states and the great lakes region. take a look from the area. a news crew was there earlier today. some terrible flooding south of minneapolis. we have had some pictures. cars floating around, buildings. all kinds of mayhem a small storm wrecked a small town in south dakota yesterday. hundreds of people had to leave
their homes when the water started rising. some of them realized those homes are gone forever. here is what is causing all that chaos. that line of storms you can see. tom with our affiliate kmsp fox 9 in minnesota. show us what it looks like there, tom. >> jon, as you know, we are hardly weather whipped in minnesota. this kind of weather, rain is unusual. take a look behind me. this is what happens when you get 10 inches of rain in just 16 hours. this is walnut street here in owatonna. 75 homes, many on walnut street have been evacuated. beyond there is where the straight river is supposed to be. it is about 20 feet over its banks right now. just beyond this home right here and flooded out cars is one of the city's three water wells. they are worried about that possibly getting contaminated. also the city's power plant has been flooded as well. luckily, there is also a backup power plant. governor tim pawlenty has
declared 32 counties here in southern minnesota as disaster areas. he has his hand out for federal assistance as well. over here you can see some of the sandbagging. most of that work is already done over here as well. some people returning to their homes. you know, it's homecoming weekend here in owatonna. if you know anything about small towns, homecoming very big deal. they have cancelled tonight's game. instead the high school kids came out here did the sandbags, saving people's homes. i don't think i can think of a better homecoming. back to you guys. >> tom lydon thank you. police say two men kidnapped a bank teller and sent him into a bank to steal. how the robbers actually got away with the cash and what police are now revealing about this bizarre bank robbery. and yesterday a federal judge sentenced a pakistani scientist to decades in prison for attempting to kill american interrogators. now, a lot of folks in pakistan
are very upset. [chanting] >> jon: protesters marching in the street demanding that the u.s. release this woman. and now even pakistan's prime minister is getting involved. we'll look at the case that's become an international incident and what it means for our relationship with a key nuclear ally coming up. ♪ [ male announcer ] every siness day, bank of america lends billions of dollars, to individuals, institutions, schools, organizations and businesses. ♪ working to set opportunity in motion. bank of america.
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daughter of the nation and parliament unanimously approved a resolution demanding the u.s. release her. jennifer griffin following this story live from the pentagon. wasn't doesn't pakistan, jennifer, believe the u.s. version of events. >> essentially what you are seeing are our pakistani leaders grandstanding and bowing to pressure where the crowds are extremely angry seeing a female muslim pakistani being held in a u.s. prison. they are extremely angry about that and the leaders are scared of those crowds. they called her the daughter of the nation. they -- the crowds tried to storm the u.s. embassy and consulate today. what they don't like are posters where they see her looking somewhat like a martyr, jon. >> jon: the united states would return her to pakistan? >> very little chance of that the fbi feels they have a very air tight case. don't forget, she was caught with sodium cyanide and target lists that included the empire state building as well as other new york land marks. the fbi thinks its case is
pretty tight and so did the federal judge. jon? >> jon: jennifer griffin, thanks. a mexico san journalist says he has escaped his country's deadly drug war with asylum in the united states. the editor of the news web site covers the attack on mexican drug gangs as well as other stories. he says someone started threatening him two years ago. the asylum ruling would be a first for a mexico call journalist since the drug war began. meanwhile, violence in mexico has claimed two more high profile victims. both of them politicians in northern mexico. police say a gunman murdered a mayor and one of his employees at his home near monterrey late yesterday. today, shooters seriously wounded a mayor elect small town of sue ciudad juarez. there was a break-in, a robbery, a hostage stand off and arson. not to mexico the torture, --
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chosen not to report all of the details here. prosecutor say the two men are responsible for a night of rape and murder that left a mother and her two daughters dead and the girl's father barely alive. laura ingle was inside the courtroom in new haven, connecticut, today. the court heard from forensic experts, i know. tell us what they said. >> good evening, those experts were able to talk about how they tested the d.n.a. samples taken from the victims. we're talking about blood, saliva, and see men and match them directly to the suspects in this case. prosecutors allege that steven hayes sexually assaulted the mother jennifer hawk pettit before strangling her with his hands. joshua majewski who is expected to face trial next year is accused assaulting 11-year-old pettit before helping hayes light the house on fire. all three were killed in this attack. jurors heard from a fire marshal today that testified that an
accelerant like gasoline was poured directly on to the pettit daughters as they lied tied up in their bed that was testimony that sent family members out of the courthouse in tears today, jon? >> jon: what about what happened outside the courtroom? tell us about that. >> yeah there was certainly high emotions happening right out here on the courthouse steps. the lawyer for joshua majewski made a surprise statement today in the courthouse outside the courthouse to clear up what he called a misconception about his client. remember, everybody is under a gag order in this case. this lawyer jeremiah donovan said that his client did not sexually assault mckayla pettit, despite the evidence, which he said he hoped would provide some small solace for the family. >> we don't need his sympathy. we don't want his sympathy. he had threatened to hold press conferences on the courthouse steps and was told by judge that he was not to break the gag
order. yet, he chose to do that today. >> the sole survivor the attack dr. william pettit says he hopes the judge will cite that lawyer for contempt of court and the family left visibly shaken. here today court resumes next week. jon? >> jon: laura ingle, thanks. california is a step closer to carrying out the death penalty for the first time in four years. a federal judge saying executions can continue. now that the state has changed its procedures. the same judge put lethal injections on hold in 2006 amid concerns the process was cruel and unusual punishment. since then, the state has built a new death chamber and updated its regulations. convicted killer and rapist albert brown set to be put to death there next week but he can still appeal to federal and county courts. just over three months until the bush tax cuts are set to expire but some democrats want to wait until after election day to vote on whether to extend them. critics calling that gutless and
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>> jon: actress lindsay lohan back in orange and back in jail as fox reports tonight. according to the web site tmz her attorney has met with the judge to okay out some kind of release. lindsey's lawyer appealed the judge fox's ruling that she should be held without bail. the judge must grant bail and asking the california court of appeals to his hearing. possession of cocaine. the drug is expected to pay it and go home. that is not what happened. instead, the judge ordered her to jail, no bail. lohan left the hearing in handcuffs. and we got another mug to add to our collection. here are some of her booking photos from her original drunk driving arrests. to her more recent troubles. with more on what happened today, here is alizener from fox 11, los angeles. >> lindsay lohan arrived here, jon, about 10:00 west coast time this morning.
this is the jail in california. a women's jail. she immediately was booked and then went through a process that involves medical and psychological testing. she was supposed to be in court about 8:30 this morning. she was actually about 15 minutes early. then in the courtroom she was almost immediately remanded into custody. without delay she was taken to the beverly hills courthouse to this women's jail which has housed inmates like paris hilton, nicole richie and lindsay lohan who has been here twice before. the longest for 14 days early summer. released both times because of jail overcrowding. that's not likely to be held this time because she something held until her probation hearing next month. because she has been here before, she came here knowing the drill which includes being put in a private cell away from the general population, as not to disrupt what's going on in the jail facility. in linwood, california, i'm hal eyesner back to you. >> i'm jon scott in for shepard
smith. this is the fox report. it's the bottom of the hour, time for the top of the news. congress will extend the bush tax cuts for the middle class that's the promise today from house speaker nancy pelosi. she should the vote could happen before lawmakers head home to campaign. >> there isn't a person in our caucus that isn't for tax cuts for the middle class. it's not about the elections. it's about the policy and we're all very strong on that and members with a vote or without a vote can go home and talk about their commitment to that. >> jon: the tax cuts expire at the end of the year. just yesterday, senate democrats put off their vote until after election day. white house correspondent mike emanuel live here in new york. i guess democrats and republicans are battling over the tax cuts for the richest americans, right? >> jon, the most drama is on the democratic side. you have the leaders who don't want to extend it for individuals making more than $200,000 a year or families making more than 250,000 adds year. you have got democrats who are in tough races who think maybe
tax cuts should not be raised during a difficult economic recovery or, perhaps, you know, people from wealthy districts who don't want to raise taxes at this point, you know, less than six weeks from election day. that's where the drama is, jon. >> jon: and the thinking is that some of these lawmakers might vote differently in a lame duck session, right? >> that's right. we got some interesting reaction from a republican senator today who commented on because the republicans want to extend all the tax cuts for everybody. here is what he had to say. >> it was a gutless approach to this. look, i understand the democrats. they know this is going to be a tough election for them. and, frankly, they have never really had the guts to do what they really believed unless and they have overwhelming numbers. >> senator happen calling it gutless. but bottom line when they think the lame duck session comes back when their necks or not on the line they will be extended at least for a year and kicking the can down the road if you will, jon. >> jon: mike emanuel, thank you. >> thank you.
>> jon: the former chairman of the federal reserve says the financial system is still broker. paul vehicle kerr delivering -- volcker delivering asexment and changes in the off the cuff speech in chicago. peter barnes joins us. he criticized a number of the parts of the financial system, huh? >> that's right, jon. he threw out his prepared remarks and went on a tear. he trashed the banks and their ceos. he is worried that all of these new rules from washington will not work. and in an interview with fox business, he told regulators to get some backbone. >> i think this is going to take a lot of attention because there is a lot of pressure, as you know, from the industry, from the lobbyists, let us do what we want to do. >> he also warned that regulators can be pressured by politicians, too jon. >> jon: but we got some good news today, peter, which sent stocks on a rally.
>> that's right. first some good economic news out of germany and then from the u.s., and that helped to take the dow up nearly 200 points today about a 2% pop along with all the other indexes. the dow is now on track to close out its best september in 71 years. >> jon: peter are barnes, fox business. thank you. along with stocks, the price of gold has been rising. hitting another record today. above $1,300 an ounce. it settled just below that milestone. investors have been stocking up on the precious medal as a hedge against inflation. for the first time since the peek of the financial crisis the ceo of citigroup will earn more than a buck next year. in a statement the company reports its board of directors will raise vikran pan diddit's salary. he announced last year he would earn a dollar a year until the bank returned to profitability.
they have posted two quarters of profitability in a row. salary to one case of $9 million. the government still owns 17% stake in the company after the taxpayer bailout. it was the largest bankruptcy filing in u.s. history. and now two years later, lehman brothers melt down mementos are going on the auction block. our top story as we go around the world in 80 seconds. united kingdom. we're told creditors hoped the artwork that once adorned lehman brothers london office also make a dent in the 16 billion-dollar debt. post war and contemporary pieces will be auction dollars off. the biggest buzz said to be over the office sign. >> sense of humor. >> another lehman auction set tomorrow in new york city. peru. hundreds of students clashing with police. cops firing tear gas and detaining 10 students. the crowd protesting a dam
project that could divert water from local farmers. new zealand. the race is on to save dozens of pilot what else stranded on a beach. we're told large waves and strong winds making it hard for rescuers. even with teachers and students from a nearby high school coming to help. this is the second mass beaching in the region in a month. indonesia. a pilot losing control of his plane during an air show and crashing to the ground. the plane bursting into flames. but somehow the pilot surviving the crash. officials say he is in critical condition. we're told hundreds of school children attending the show witnessed the crash. and that's a wrap on this fox trip around the world in 80 seconds. >> jon: they can see their home but they just can't get to it, at least not yet. an american and two russians were supposed to head back from the international space station today on a space capsule but
they had trouble undocking the capsule from the station. crew members performed some fixes and nasa reports everything seems to be working correctly now. so if things go smoothly, the team should be able to undock within a few hours and return to earth tomorrow. still, problems like this are of greater concern these days because with the space shuttles going out of service next year, the agency will have to rely on the russian space craft. they robbed a bank without ever stepping inside. at last check they got away with it now police and the fbi on the hunt for some bandits with a knack for booby traps. details coming up. but first we learned today of the death of 50s icon eddie fisher. a singer just as well known for marriages to some of hollywood's biggest stars. he was born in philadelphia and sold millions of records, including "thinking of you" and "lady of spain." in 1955 he married actress debbie reynolds. the follow year the couple gave
birth to carrie fisher who later became a star in her own right. eddie fisher began a romance with best friend's widow elizabeth taylor. in 1959 they married. five years later it all fell anature a scandalous divorce. fisher later married actress connie stevens. that didn't work out, either. and he went on to marry two more times. we're told fisher's health had been deteriorating for some time and that he passed away after complications from hip surgery. eddie fisher dead today at 82. 8e
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>> jon: an air force flight nurse could soon become the first openly gay person to legally serve in the united states military. a federal judge ruled today margaret whitt should be reinstated to her position as soon as possible. the ruling is a direct challenge to the military's don't ask, don't tell policy which forbids gay troops from revealing their sexuality. the air force discharged whitt
in 2004 after 17 years of service when officials learned she was in a relationship with another woman. the justice department has not commented on this case but whitt's lawyer says he expects an appeal. that could depend partly on the result of another challenge to the don't ask, don't tell policy in a california court. a federal judge there is expected to rule soon whether to order the military to stop enforcing it. a fox news weather alert. take a look at tropical storm matthew it is happening central america right now. forecasters say what's left of it could regroup in the gulf of mexico and effect the united states. to give you an idea how quickly the storm blew up, it was considered a tropical depression just yesterday morning. by today some mow models predicted it would develop into a hurricane this afternoon although that has not yet happen. lisa became the seventh hurricane of the season but not affecting land right now. hunting robbers who apparently strapped a bomb to a bank
teller's body to make him steal money. police say it started when the criminals force their way into the employee's home and took him captive. >> the individual was accosted at his residence out on kendall drive approximately midnight last night and he was held hostage along with his father until the early morning hours where this explosive device was placed on his body and he was transported to the bank. >> well, investigators say the robbers waited outside in a stolen car and made the bank employee go in to get the cash. by the time cops showed up, the robbers were already gone. this all went down at a bank of america in coral gables, florida not far from the university of miami. phil keating is live now in our south florida newsroom. everybody got out okay, right, phil? >> yeah, jon. nobody was hurt in the end on this instance. the bank teller, he escaped unharmed and that's because the bomb, even if it was a real bomb, never went off. his father also an alleged victim of the after midnight home invasion and then being held captive allegedly by these
three gunmen wearing masks also unharmed after that ordeal and so was the assistant branch manager inside the bank when this all went down this morning. that branch manager actually helped the teller with the bomb strapped on his chest unload a large amount of cash from the bank's vault which was hand delivered to the three robbers outside who for the moment have gotten away. >> jon: the university of miami right across the street from this bank. >> right across a very busy us 1. a busy road in the morning and afternoon rush. a nightmare of traffic all day on the campus every student was emailed by the university to avoid that area. they were aware of the threat but for the most part classes went on as schedule dollars. >> jon: it's a pretty strange way to rob a bank obviously but we have seen similar plots in the past. >> the fbi says it's unusual to have unwitting victim forced to rob wear a bomb and lob a bank there was that erie in
pennsylvania proximate result pizza delivery guy robbed a bank with a bomb collared around his neck. in that case the bomb exploded with that man sitting out there in the middle of the street. as for today's bank teller, well, he is still being considered by the fbi to be a victim in this case. however, as of tonight, he is still being questioned as a possible inside player, jon? >> jon: wow. phil keating in florida. thank you. a grandmother goes missing and after two weeks of searching, police are still absolutely baffled about what happened to her. her desperate family attending a candlelight vigil. it's our top story on a fox trip across america. vermont. >> find our mom. we know she is out there. >> jon: police in the tiny town of sheffield believe 78-year-old pat owe hagin was abducted from her home almost two weeks ago. beyond that they are still hunting for clues and asking if anyone has any information on a local labor day event called field day where she volunteered.
washington. a shooting in seattle leaves a family in shock after police say a grandmother killed her son-in-law and two granddaughter before taking her own life. >> kept telling us that there is four people dead and it's all my family. >> the accused shooter's daughter said to be in serious condition. the granddaughter's cousin reportedly says she suffered from mental problems. california, bulldozers beginning to clear what's left of a san bruno neighborhood. seven people were killed and 34 homes destroyed when a gas line exploded two weeks ago. we're told crews expecting the clean up to take a month. massachusetts. firefighters rescuing at least three people after a house fire near boston. the flames spreading to the building next door but first responders got everyone out alive, including this man and his cat. >> i feel okay now. >> the fire has left 30 people homeless. that's a fox watch across america.
>> jon: a los angeles judge in the middle of a fight over a giant rock that's worth about $400 million or so. it's an 840-pound emerald. one of the largest gems ever discovered. the judge is reviewing the case of a man who claims he bought this big rock first from a brazilian dealer for 60,000 bucks. the judge will later listen to a number of other claims. congressional hearings generally are not where you go to have a good laugh. but when stephen colbert comes to town, he brings the funny. coming up, some comedy and a bit of controversy as well. >> i participated in the ufw's take our job campaign. one of only 16 people in america to take up the challenge. though that number may increase in the near future, as i understand many democrats may be looking for work come november. 1965, a lot of good thin came out that year
>> jon: new video now from cicely where a plane has gone off the runway. witnesses say the plane from the airline wind jet swerved as it was landing in bad weather. as you can see the crew deployed the emergency slides on which all of the 143 passengers escaped. the italian emergency crews say almost two dozen people on that plane were hurt but none seriously. another round in the texas textbook wars and it could effect kids all across the country. experts say texas is so big and buys so many books its guidelines end up influencing what publishers produce. today the state board of ed asking publishers to limit information about islam in history books. crist guterres with the news from austin. >> jon the resolution passed by a vote of 7 to 6. supporters say it will protect anti-christian bias that exist in some of today's textbooks. take this book, for example.
a state board of education remember reviewed it and found islam was mentioned 27 times in the table of contents while christianity was only referenced once. the former west texas school board president who helped draft today's resolution says the board's vote sends a strong message to textbook publishers. >> there is nothing too offensive about it. as far as i can see we just want to make sure what my view is that judaism and christianity are presented with the proper roles that they have in world history and it's just gigantic. but in the books, you have to search for it. >> critics were calling on the texas state board of education to reject the resolution because they say it does nothing more than politicize education and exploit anti-muslim bigotry. >> to put forward a resolution that we know would affect publishers in the way they present their material is kind of like saying watch out, there is some arab guys funding these things. it's kind of just ridiculous. it's asking people to put together a spider's web that doesn't exist.
>> it could effect textbooks that end up in classrooms by 2012. jon, back to you. >> jon: kris gutierrez, thanks. the movie rental site netflix announcing a new deal with nbc allowing it to stream some of that company's shows on the internet. we're told netflix subscribers will be able to go on online to watch shows like "saturday night live." friday night lights and battle scar galactic can a starting next week. the social networking site facebook blaming its crashes the past two days on a mistake it made during a change to its system. it caused such a persistent problem we're told facebook essentially had to turn off the site and reboot. the company calls the incident its worst outage in four years. lots of celebrities testify on capitol hill but today lawmakers heard from a fake celebrity. stephen colbert testifying as character. he was invited because he
recently took up a united farm workers offer to spend a day working on a vegetable farm. >> i started my work day with preconceived notions of my grant labor. after working with these men and women, picking beans, packs corn for hours on end side by side in the unforgiving sun, i have to say and i do mean this sincerely, please do not make me do this again. it is really, really hard. this is america. i don't want a tomato picked by a mexican. i want it picked by an american. then sliced by guatemalan and served by a venezuelan in a spa where a chilean gives me a brazilian. >> jon: one of the fellow democrats not amused. john conyers of michigan asked colbert to leave the hearing and let the real experts to testify. lofgren is co-chair and she told
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ahmadinejad today standing by his suggestions that the attacks of 9/11 were orchestrated by elements of the u.s. government. secretary of state hillary clinton spent nearly a half hour meeting with the palestinianian president. the obama administration says it's trying to prevent israeli-palestinian peace talks from happening. judge ordered starlet lindsay lohan back to jail for violating terms of her probation. and on this day in 19 8, bobby mcfarn hit the top of the billboard charts with the infectious single "don't worry, be happy." he had a background in jazz but first and only hit quickly reached a much wider audience. in fact, the first acappella song to ever reach number one in the the u.s. it was also featured in the hit movie tom cruise movie cocktail. the song has been stuck in our head ever since. here is a little song h